Wednesday was one of the busiest nights of the entire season with 28 of the 30 teams in action. Here is a team-notes version of the Daily Dose, alphabetically.
Atlanta – The Hawks weren’t ready for the Clippers and Dwight Howard’s 11 & 15 double-double was the only highlight. Tim Hardaway and Dennis Schroder each scored 11, while Paul Millsap hit just 3-of-12 shots in the loss. Hardaway might take a hit when Thabo Sefolosha finally returns from his groin injury, but you should hold onto him until further notice.
Boston – Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points in another win and Marcus Smart went off for 21 points, five boards, five assists, eight steals, a block and three 3-pointers. Wow! He’ll take a hit once Avery Bradley is back from his achilles injury, but Smart looks like a great option on Thursday night. Jae Crowder and Al Horford also played well in starts, while Kelly Olynyk stayed hot with 16 points, seven boards and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes off the bench. KO’s averaging 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games and deserves to be picked up right now.
Brooklyn – Brook Lopez racked up 36 points, eight blocks and six 3-pointers, and if you can figure out which nights he’s going to go nuts, you should play the lottery. Spencer Dinwiddie had a season-high 19 points, eight assists, two steals and a 3-pointer in another start at point guard, but it will be interesting to see what happens when Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is back immediately following the AS break. One way or another, he’s going to hurt Dinwiddie. Bojan Bogdanovic, Trevor Booker and Joe Harris all scored in double digits and played well, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was quiet, hitting just 1-of-3 shots in 20 minutes.
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Charlotte – Frank Kaminsky started at center again and had 27 points and a full stat line in 37 minutes. Even when Cody Zeller is back from his quad injury we could see Kaminsky starting. He’s another player who should be grabbed right now. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14 rebounds, Kemba Walker had 24 points, nine dimes and six 3-pointers, and Nicolas Batum had an off night, hitting just 3-of-9 shots.
Cleveland – Channing Frye came back to earth in a big way with four points and eight boards on 1-of-8 shooting. LeBron James, Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving were all great, while Kyle Korver blew up for 22 points and six 3-pointers off the bench. Iman Shumpert is back and starting at SG, and he and Korver are splitting minutes down the middle. Tonight was Korver’s time to shine, but as long as the timeshare is there, I’ll have trouble trusting either player. Thompson (and Frye) look like good pickups right now with Kevin Love out for six weeks, and while Frye struggled, he still played 30 minutes.
Dallas – Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points, 10 boards and four 3-pointers and the Mavs are only three games out of the playoffs right now. Maybe Dirk’s going to finish up strong in a postseason push. Harrison Barnes, Deron Williams and Seth Curry all played well, while Yogi Ferrell had five points, five boards, three assists and two steals on 2-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes. He takes a big hit with Williams back and starting, which makes me sad.
Denver – Nikola Jokic is human, but still had 15 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, a steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in a loss to the Wolves. Juan Hernangomez started, but hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points – a far cry from Monday’s 27-point explosion. In one of the surprises of the night, Mason Plumlee started at center and played 34 minutes for 11 points, nine boards and a block. But let’s keep in mind that Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and Darrell Arthur were all out for this one. I still think Plumlee is toast, but I have been wrong before. Jameer Nelson went off for 16 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists in another start, and it will be interesting to see if Emmanuel Mudiay still has the starting gig when returns from his back injury.
Detroit – Jon Leuer had 20 points, eight boards and a block, and is playing much better. Marcus Morris had 14 rebounds, Reggie Jackson bounced back with 22 points, four assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-12 shooting, finally breaking out of his funk. And Kentavious Caldwell-Pope came through with 16 points and two 3-pointers after scoring just seven points on Monday. Leuer’s worth a pickup if you need a PF.
Golden State – Draymond Green got tossed with a couple technical fouls, leaving with two points in 15 minutes. Klay Thompson went off for 35 points, Kevin Durant had 21-7-7 and Stephen Curry struggled, hitting just 4-of-14 shots for a 13-6-9 line in a blowout win over the Kings.
Houston – Trevor Ariza disappeared with five points on 2-of-7 shooting in 36 minutes, while Clint Capela played just 16 minutes for 12 points and two rebounds. He’s not hurt, so hang in there with him. James Harden went off for a 38-12-12 triple-double (15th), Ryan Anderson scored 17 with five 3-pointers, and Eric Gordon had 12 points and three 3-pointers on 4-of-15 shooting. Patrick Beverley left with a groin injury, but Harden would be the main beneficiary if Beverley’s going to miss time. Montrezl Harrell played just three minutes with Anderson and Nene available.
Indiana – Glenn Robinson III led the way with 19 points, six boards and three 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting in another start, but had done nothing in his previous four games. Paul George, Myles Turner and Jeff Teague (double-double) all scored in double figures, but none of them scored more than 15 points. Kevin Seraphin started in place of Thaddeus Young (wrist), but Young should be back after the All-Star break after missing the last six games. C.J. Miles is back to coming off the bench and played just 19 minutes, so if you picked him up when it looked like he was going to start, it’s probably time to go back to the waiver wire. Monta Ellis had 14 points, seven dimes and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes, and has been playing well again. Give him a look if you need a shooting guard, and I’d rather own him than CJM right now.
LA Clippers – It was business as usual for the Clippers with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Austin Rivers, Raymond Felton and J.J. Redick all playing well. Jamal Crawford had a bad night with just five points on 1-of-7 shooting, while Wes Johnson raised his head for 11 points, four steals and three 3-pointers off the bench. That was his first double-digit scoring game since December, so ignore him.
LA Lakers – The Lakers were bad in a 137-101 loss to Phoenix. Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams all played fairly well, but the rest of them were garbage. I still like the idea of grabbing Larry Nance right now, but he was bad tonight, just like Brandon Ingram, Tarik Black and Nick Young.
Memphis – Marc Gasol just missed a triple-double with 15-12-9, Mike Conley scored 17 with four assists and three 3-pointers, and Zach Randolph had 16 points and nine rebounds in a loss to New Orleans. And the rest of the Grizzlies did nothing worth noting here.
Miami – Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters all played very well last night. Whiteside had 23 points, 14 boards and five blocks, Dragic scored 21 and Waiters flirted with a triple-double with 23-9-7 and hit four 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson had 16-7-4 and two 3-pointers off the bench, so maybe he’s ready to get it going again. Waiters is a must-own player until further notice, but keep in mind Josh Richardson (foot) will be back immediately following the break. He’s going to have some sort of negative impact on Waiters and Ty Johnson, but we just don’t know how much of one. James Johnson was quiet last night, but hang in there with him.